Q101.Why is the word “Remember” set in the beginning of the fourth commandment?
The word Remember
is set in the beginning of the fourth commandment, (o) partly because of the great benefit of remembering it; we being thereby helped in our preparation to keep it, (p) and, in keeping it, better to keep all the rest of the commandments, (q) and to continue a thankful remembrance of the two great benefits of creation, and redemption, which contain a short abridgment of religion: (r) and partly because we are very ready to forget it; (s) for that there is less light of nature for it, (t) and yet it restraineth our natural liberty in things at other times lawful; (u) that it cometh but once in seven days, and many worldly businesses come between, and too often take off our minds from thinking of it, either to prepare for it, or to sanctify it; (w) and that Satan with his instruments much labour to blot out the glory, and even the memory of it, to bring in all irreligion and impiety. (x)
o EXO 20:8
p EXO 16:23; LUK 23:54, 56; With MAR 15:42; NEH 13:19 [Rothwell etc. Compared With. Maxey; EXO 15:23 but text correct]
q PSA 92:title, With 92:13-14; EZK 20:12, 19-20 [added missing With. Rothwell etc: Compared With Verses 13-14]
r GEN 2:2-3; PSA 118:22, 24; With ACT 4:10-11; REV 1:10 [Rothwell etc Compared With] RP has With here.
s EZK 22:26
t NEH 9:14
u EXO 34:21
w DEU 5:14-15; AMO 8:5
x LAM 1:7; JER 17:21-23; NEH 13:15-22 [AM; Tyler; W1428; W3; Maxey; RothB; THIRD; COX. have 15-23 which is clearly incorrect as the passage goes on in 23 to another subject, the Sabbath having been addressed through vs. 22.]
1)No brackets in Dunlop; L&R. RPa uses parentheses.
2)In Q.: “Remember, set”: AM; FOURTH.
3)“Remember, set”: FOURTH.
4)“commandment; partly,”: MSb.
5)(1) “it, we”: MSS; Dunlop; L&R; E.Rob. (2) “it,—”: RPc.
6)“keep it; and”: MSa; Dunlop; L&R. The comma is in E.Rob.
7)“and in keeping”: W1438; Maxey; RothB; THIRD; FOURTH; COX; Dunlop.
8)“it better”: Maxey; RothB; THIRD; COX. [FOURTH has the comma]
9)“commandments,— and”: RPc.
10)“creation and”: Tyler; FOURTH; Dunlop; RP; L&R; E.Rob.
11)“religion; and”: MSa; RPc; E.Rob.
12)“and partly, because”: MSb; W1438; RP.
13)“forget it, for”: MSS; Dunlop; RP; L&R; E.Rob.
14)“for it; and yet,”: MSa; Dunlop.
15)“things, at”: MSa.
16)(1) “lawful: that”: MSa. (2) “lawful, that”: FOURTH.
17)(1) “and, that”: MSb. (2) “that, Satan”: MSa. (3) “Satan, with his instruments, much”: MSS; E.Rob.
18)“memory, of it”: MSb.
19)In “x”: NEH 13:15-23. This is in the original editions and remained unchanged in the traditional text; however, contextually the citation should end with verse 22.